Atlanta will try for its seventh straight victory when Ortiz takes the mound in the third game of a wraparound series with his former team, the San Francisco Giants.
Ortiz has won his last seven decisions and the Braves are 11-1 in his last 12 starts. The right-hander last lost on June 20 to Cleveland, and is 7-0 with a 3.24 ERA since.
However, Ortiz is winless in his last three starts with a 7.14 ERA.
“The guys did a great job of hanging in there and picking me up,” Ortiz said after allowing five runs and five hits over five innings in the Braves’ 6-5 win over Colorado on Tuesday.
Ortiz was one of the Giants’ best pitchers from 1998-2002, going 67-44 with a 4.00 ERA in 154 appearances, including 144 starts.
The Braves have cruised through the second half of the season, losing just one of their last 19 series (15-1-3).
Atlanta is looking to make it three straight wins in this series following Saturday’s 9-3 rout of San Francisco. Rafael Furcal had four hits and four RBIs for the Braves, who have won a season-high six straight and are a season-high 22 games above .500.
Paul Byrd shut down the Giants, allowing four hits and one run in six innings. He also had a career-high two hits and two RBIs at the plate.
“It’s the first multihit game of my career,” he said. “It’s so bad that I would even know that.”
The Braves tagged Giants ace Jason Schmidt for six runs and a season-high 10 hits over only 3 2-3 innings. Schmidt had left his previous start Aug. 17 against Montreal with a strained right groin, an injury that forced him to skip a turn in the rotation.
“I probably should have used my fastball more,” Schmidt said. “I tried to finesse too much. The positive thing is I got through this start. I felt pretty good. I didn’t feel that far off.”
Barry Bonds went 1-for-3 with an infield single, a day after hitting his 694th homer. He originally was scheduled for a day off Saturday, since he often skips day games that follow night games, but told manager Felipe Alou after Friday’s 5-3 loss that he wanted to play.
The Giants are one game behind the Chicago Cubs in the NL wild-card race.